This is an edited, reworked version of a post that originally appeared on my personal blog, when it was still running. I 'borrowed' the post title from Karen: I was rolling around on her floor one day after a particularly punishing week.
We were scheduled to go out for diner, but I had to do some yoga first.
What I meant was, I needed to lie on the floor and do various versions of nothing.
Both Karen and I favour this kind of a practice when we are busy and our bodies are tired from teaching too much yoga. It's called Rakshana krama (which I shall loosely translate as yoga for comfort), and its purpose is to keep us comfortable enough to get through our daily lives.
Also, lying quietly gives your nervous system a chance to settle. Passively elaxing the big muscles of your hips sending the message that you are no longer in fight-or-flight mode, and you often get more stillness of mind by doing this before you try to meditate.
Karen joked that she was going to start a series: 101 ways to roll around on the floor. You'd think there are only a few ways to roll on the floor, er, I mean, do restorative yoga. You'd be wrong. There are loads. At least 101.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first five ways to roll around on the floor. These pictures are old (several years old) so please excuse the poor alignment. I've worked on it a LOT since then.
You can click here to get this image as a printable PDF.
Also, please note some of these movements (twists especially) are contraindicated if you have osteoporosis, lumbar or neck issues. It's always best to check with your doctor if you've never done these kinds of movements before.
If something feels unpleasant, it's neither useful to help you destress nor, probably, good for your body. Just skip it and go on to the next thing!
Do the first two movements dynamically, or stay if you prefer. And remember to breathe deeply, evenly and comfortably, with a soft neck!
Nadine & the mm...Yoga! team.
Stress, as you already know, is inveitable. But people vary widely in how they respond to stress - being GOOD at stress is generally called resilience.
Yoga can help you become more resilient - here's how.
If you've read this blog for a while - or know me in person - you will know that I am notoriously bad at asking for help, and notoriously bad at resting. As a result, I get sick a lot.
This is quite stupid, really.
But entrenched habits take a long time to break, especially if they are born of trauma, as mine are.
I'm working on it.
The practice should suit the individual.
For some of us challenging is great, and for some of us a quieter practice is better. In some parts of our lives, or when we are going through certain life experiences, those needs change again. In fact, our needs - and therefore the appropriate practice for us - change daily.
In our reader survey at the beginning of the year, there were requests for yoga to help with grief/emotional healing, and it's a request that's come up again from several people for the Ask Nadine videos.
There's not (I don't think) a simple answer. But here's a strategy to try:
Practice self-examination. AND stop overthinking.
Here's the unfortunate truth: there is very little about life we can control. Random bad sh*t happens to people all the time. It's extremely unproductive, if not downright erroneous, to believe that you can meaningfully control whether you get cancer, or suffer bereavement, or battle with depression.